cover image Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Dyan Sheldon. Candlewick Press (MA), $16.99 (272pp) ISBN 978-0-7636-0822-4

When native New Yorker Mary Elizabeth Cep and her ""astoundingly unimaginative"" family move to New Jersey, Mary Elizabeth, who plans to be an actress some day, changes her name to Lola and zealously begins a campaign to enrich the ""humdrum"" lives of suburbanites. Unfortunately, Lola's new classmates are not quite ready to receive her guidance. They are too busy worshipping their reigning ""drama queen,"" snooty Carla Santini, who is not about to share the spotlight on- or offstage with anyone, especially a loudmouthed city slicker named Lola. Thus begins the war between Carla and Lola to be No. 1. Carla is armed with sophistication, beauty, confidence and an entourage of admirers. Lola, on the other hand, has only a handful of weapons: an overactive imagination, the lead role in the school play and one loyal friend, Ella, ""a free spirit waiting--no, begging--to be released."" Energetic, almost breathless first-person narrative relates Lola's bitter defeats and hard-earned triumphs in her rise to stardom at school. Pitting a deliciously despicable villainess against an irresistible heroine glittering with wit and charm, Sheldon (The Boy of My Dreams) pulls off a hilarious comedy of errors. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)